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To Please a Lady / A Woman in Jeopardy

4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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A Barbara Stanwyck Double Feature. In Love. In Danger. Race car driver Clark Gable is at the wheel, but journalist Barbara Stanwyck is in control as she exposes in fierce, speed-demon tactics in this revved up star vehicle, To Please A Lady. Racing sequences ranging from dirt-track events to the Indianapolis 500 set the pace for this high-octane romance featuring Gable at his manliest and Stanwyck at her savviest. A plunge through the a rotted pier traps Stanwyck's husband, Barry Sullivan, in the sand in the race against time thriller Jeopardy. She seeks help, only to become the captive of an escaped con, Ron Meeker. But the tide is creeping higher. Shadows grow longer. Only a woman of courage and wits can come up with a way to free her husband. That woman is the incomparable Barbara Stanwyck.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Meeker, Lee Aaker, Rico Alaniz
  • Directors: Clarence Brown, John Sturges
  • Writers: Barré Lyndon, Marge Decker, Maurice Zimm, Mel Dinelli
  • Producers: Clarence Brown, Charles Schnee
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJCAMC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "To Please a Lady / A Woman in Jeopardy" on IMDb

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The set is worth it for "Jeopardy" alone. I'm very surprised they haven't done a remake of this one. Barbara Stanwyck, Ralph Meeker, Barry Sullivan, and Lee Aaker all give fine performances in this tense thriller. When a family goes on fishing vacation at a jetty, the father, played by Barry Sullivan becomes trapped under a pylon trying to save his son, played by Lee Aaker. When the mother, played by Stanwyck, goes for help. She is kidnapped by an escaped criminal, played by Ralph Meeker ( I was swearing this was Bill Paxton's dad). I was really glad I rented this one and plan to buy it now. I would love to see a modern day version of this. The Clark Gable racing movie is okay as a bonus but it is not one I would have bought alone. If you enjoyed this catch "The Narrow Margin (1952)".

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"To Please A Lady" (1950, dir.: Clarence Brown) is nothing but routine, with a good Barbara Stanwyck as an investigative journalist meeting a racing driver (Clark Gable) and, of course, coming close to him after some dramatic events. The story is much too conventional, stereotype and predictable. Gable was a little bit too old for the part and acts with a total lack of irony or humor (even in his fifties, he would do better in later pictures and still be convincing as a leading man and romantic lover - see for example the Raoul Walsh pictures "The Tall Men" and "The King and Four Queens"). Nevertheless, the film is not boring at all and contains some very good racing scenes full of vivid action and suspense. Three stars.

"Jepoardy" (1953, dir.: John Sturges): A small thriller of only 69 minutes length and with no more than four performers (and some extras): A family (father, mother and a boy aged about ten) makes a weekend trip in Mexico, and when the father (Barry Sullivan) is trapped under a bridge pier while the flood rises, his wife (Stanwyck) has to fetch a rope. Unable to get one, she finally meets a murderer on the loose (Ralph Meeker) who is the only person able to save her husband's life... This is a perfect study of US citizens going "abroad" and getting helpless, not only in a geographical, but also in a metaphorical way. It is clear that we have a typical suburban couple not used to explore the unexpected. Stanwyck and Sullivan are obviously a bit frightened by anything unknown and beyond their world of work, homework, gardening, inviting the neighbors etc. Mexico is only I few hours away, but to them, it's a totally new and dangerous world. Sullivan packs a gun ("you never know"), but is totally nervous when only being asked routine questions by two policemen.
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I will only go as far as four stars since I have not yet seen A Woman in Jeopardy I just watched To Please a Lady and really liked it a lot. The racing aspect of the movie was most interesting and I enjoyed seeing Clark Gable get 'down and dirty'. Barbara Stanwyck was excellent and of course beautiful in her role as Regina the world famous columnist. The movie was filmed in 1950 and we got to see some old race tracks that are no longer in existence. That part was great, too. I like these old black and white movies very much and really get a kick out of their clothes. When Barbara/Regina was trying on all of those ugly shoes that were in style then I was definitely entranced. It never gets old watching Clark Gable. He is just a treat all the way around for me.
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I bought this ONLY for "To Please a Lady" because it's a racing flick.
Just enough racing footage to be exciting and the story is pretty good.
And, let's face it, Clark Gable LOOKS like a suave, but tough, race driver from the 30's-40's. (in fact, he bore a striking resemblance to that era's Indy legend Wilbur Shaw)
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I only gave this $ stars for the simple fact I was interested in the movie "To Please A Lady" and it was unavailable by itself. To Please A Lady is a great film about open wheel racing in the post-WWII era, and some scenes were actually shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and some of those on the actual Indy 500 race day. This movie also has some well done on-track racing footage done for this movie, with the Gable racing scenes looking realistic.~ I strongly recommend To Please A Lady. ~ Sorry, I haven't watched A Woman In Jeopardy, so I can't review it. perhaps one day.
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I just bought this recently and mostly because of "Jeopardy", which stands as a very intelligent and different kind of suspenseful thrill of a movie. The whole cast of Stanwyck, Meeker, Sullivan and even the child actor, Lee Aaker do fantastic jobs in it. The Director is John Sturges, who also directed "The Magnificent Seven","The Great Escape", and "Gunfight at The O.K. Corral"! It is well-worth buying as the print of "Jeopardy" is top-notch and nearly pristine!
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They’re two of a kind in "To Please a Lady": hard-bitten racer Mike Brannon (Clark Gable) and hard-bitten newspaper columnist Regina Forbes (Barbara Stanwyck). The plot is set in motion when Regina sees a driver perish as a result of Mike’s win-at-any cost aggression. Acting as judge and jury, she executes Mike in her column that results in his suspension. Relegated to carnival stunt driver, Mike begins a long climb back to the top, while Regina suffers a similar setback when a man she has attacked in her column commits suicide. Reconciliation, romance and racing follows, shot on location in Newark, New Jersey, Springfield, Illinois, Duquoin, Indiana, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Directed by Clarence Brown with minimal rear-screen projection makes for Hollywood’s most realistic racing scenes up to the making of “Grand Prix” in 1966. Terrific dialogue. Clark Gable looks at home in a crash hat, and admitted afterward that he loved auto racing so much he would have done the movie for free. Barbara Stanwyck chews up the scenery with her usual grit and charm.
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